Guyana police official fired over fatal shootings

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:07 PM
Guyana police official fired over fatal shootings

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's national security minister has ordered the removal of a police superintendent accused of ordering officers to shoot at protesters during a confrontation in which three died and 20 were injured.

Minister Clement Rohee said Friday that his ministry gave no orders to shoot anyone and that he is seeking a full report on what exactly happened. He said Senior Police Superintendent Clifton Hicken was the commander on the ground at the bauxite mining town of Linden where people were protesting rising electricity rates on Wednesday.

The protesters hurled bottles and rocks at police and burned several cars and buildings, including an office of the ruling People's Progressive Party.